1,500 High School students throw 100,000 sandbagsFargo, ND (WDAY TV)—The next step in battling the Red in Fargo began this morning. 15-hundred High School students spread-out over the city, throw 100-thousand sandbags, making 3-miles of temporary levees.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)—The next step in battling the Red in Fargo began this morning. 15-hundred High School students spread-out over the city, throw 100-thousand sandbags, making 3-miles of temporary levees.
Students from Fargo South were on hand here this morning at River Drive South.
They finished some areas in just 1 hour.
And for one student it meant protecting her own home.
Mckenzie Haverkamp- Protecting Her Home: “Makes me happy that I can actually be here, and like be a part of saving the community”
It's not a typical Friday for Sophomore Mckenzie Haverkamp, but this isn't her first time taking on the Red.
Haverkamp: “Knowing that like I’m safe to be here and like having all the sandbags down, just that it is a comfort.”
Today she isn't only missing a day of school.
But throwing sandbags in her own back yard, making sure her home is protected when waters rise.
Haverkamp: “I think it shows a lot of true character for all these kids, like for me it's hard so I imagine for everyone else it's hard, so they are willing to put hard effort into just saving my house too.”
In 2009 she and her sister had to evacuate their home here on River Drive South.
Erin Bertel- Home Owner: “It was a scary feeling every time to go down the stairs and pray that your foot wouldn't touch water.”
One person who knows the fear all too well, her mother Erin Bertel.
Bertel: “It was chaos, in the middle of the night we're sandbagging, it was a feeling of like pandemonium.”
Bertel says she can't thank the energized students enough for all their hard work.
Bertel: “They are giggling and they're smiling, and they're happy to be here and they're happy to be volunteering in the town to save everything.”
It's because of them, that as the water creeps closer to her home, the only thing washed away will be her anxiety.
Bertel: “They lift you up at a time when it's a scary time, and they somehow make it easier to cope.”
In 2009, 800 thousand sandbags were used in this neighborhood. This year only 30 thousand.